Persuasive Essay On Air Pollution

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“Nearly one half of all Americans—an estimated 150 million—live in areas that don’t meet federal air quality standards” (Vehicles, Air Pollution). Out of all pollution, 33% comes directly from the transportation sector and the emissions produced by gasoline burning engines (Heckeroth). The primary sources of this pollution comes from passenger vehicles and heavy duty trucks that belch out ozone, unburned hydrocarbons, particulate matter, and other smog forming gases. The health concerns from these toxic chemicals are extremely serious. Polluted air can cause asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues, while increasing the risk of potentially fatal conditions such as cancer. In fact, particulate matter alone is the cause of nearly 30,000 deaths annually (Vehicles, Air Pollution). Pollution from combustion engine emissions has been an item of concern for nearly 70 years when it was first proved in the 1950’s that smoggy skies above bustling cities were caused by vehicle exhaust. It wasn’t until the Clean Air Act of 1963 that the government recognized this as an issue and decided to do something about it (Timeline of Major). The government is not the only entity that has the power to take care of the earth, individual people also have the power to change our trajectory.
We are currently faced with a choice of either continuing to increase regulations on emissions until the limit of engine efficiency is reached and the world depletes its oil reserves, or

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